Since I am not ready to share what happened yesterday....thought I would share another story from this week.
I was in the "icky" Wal-mart (we all know the one....the one you don't usually go to, but you were in that area and it was easier....). I was already losing patience because I couldn't find something in the store, and my patience was low from stuff from earlier in the day.
I was heading toward check out, and got stuck behind a woman in a scooter. Ok, I will just go around....then she zig zagged! Oh good grief. OK...moving on....see an "express" check out that just had a woman who appeared to be at the end of her transaction....
Great. Put my stuff on the counter and prepared to be done in there. The cashier and the customer were being very chatty, but ok.....
Then the cashier said to the woman "Do you have 38 cents?"\
The customer starts raising her voice. "Oh no! I don't have 38 cents! Oh no! Oh no!" Before it got any further, I just handed the cashier a dollar bill. The woman thanked me, and went on her way. The cashier thought I was so nice for doing that.
Maybe a part of it was nice...the majority of it was self-serving. I didn't want to be there any longer than I had to. It was easier to pay the 38 cents than have the customer digging through her pockets looking for change (she had paid for her purchases with a gift card). And certainly easier than the customer having to decide on something to put back and have the cashier void the transaction.
38 cents in my world is nothing. Even when things are tight....38 cents won't make a difference. This isn't the first time I have done something like this, and my quality of life is not any different having "donated" the money in the past. But I guess 38 cents meant something to them. So I will let them think I am a nice person (which I am....but like I have already admitted...for me, this act really wasn't "nice").
Not sure if this falls in the Random Acts of Kindness, since it really was more about me than about the act. And for the record...in the past I have paid for things for other patrons in similar circumstances just because I wanted to.
So I will call this one a net of ZERO....nice act, but for self-serving reasons.